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September 10, 2004 - Lowry 10 Years in the Making Benefits Three-Lowry Based Nonprofits

Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

When: September 10, 2004

Beneficiary: Bonfils Blood Center Foundation, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and The Lowry Foundation

Host(s): Barnhart hosted the VIP reception, Kelly Sprinkler and Landscape hosted the cocktail reception, Lowry Redevelopment Authority hosted dinner and Citywide Banks hosted dessert

EMCEE: Gregg Moss, 9NEWS

Presenting Sponsor(s): URS Corporation

Executive Director: Thomas Markham, of Lowry Redevelopment Authority

Catering: Gourmet Fine Catering

Entertainment: Jerry Barnett Orchestra

Sponsors: Corporate: Concrete Express and International Risk Group; Table: Brannon Sand & Gravel, CH2Mhill, Colorado Land Company, Copic Companies, CTL Thompson, Design Workshop, DPS Credit Union, EEM Consulting, Environmental Demolition, ForestCity Stapleton, Farner Enterprises, Gorsuch Kirgis, Harvard Communications, Hibernia Holdings, Ground Engineering Consultants, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, Land Title Guarantee Company, Lowry Lifestyles, McStain Neighborhoods, Miller Weingartner, Orr Construction, Palace Construction, Pinnacol Assurance, Piper Jaffray, RBC Dain Rauscher, Sevo Miller, Standard Pacific Homes, The Kentwood Company, Touchstone Homes LLC, Wall Custom Homes, Xcel Energy

Attendance: 650

Attire: Business

Decor/Rental Company: Richter Scale Productions

Board of Directors: Douglas Laub, President of Bonfils Blood Center Foundation; Greg Anderson, President & CEO of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum; Emilie Ailts, President of Lowry Foundation; Bruce Heitler, Board Chair of Lowry Redevelopment Authority

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes

 Former Mayor of Aurora Paul Tauer, center, with David Elliott, left, and Dennis Heap
Former Mayor of Aurora Paul Tauer, center, with David Elliott, left, and Dennis Heap

In 1994, Lowry Air Force Base closed and a remarkable redevelopment began. On Friday, September 10th, 2004, the Lowry community marked the 10th anniversary of the redevelopment at a benefit dinner “Lowry 10 Years in the Making: A Celebration.”

The event, which took place at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, was attended by 650 people and kicked off the 5th Annual Glory Days Street Festival in Lowry Town Center. Both the dinner and festival presented an opportunity to reflect on the rich history of Lowry and, more importantly, celebrate its growth.

Lowry’s slogan during its years as an Air Force Base was “Sustineo Alas” or “I Sustain the Wings” - is a fitting vision of the celebration. Each guest was given a commemorative lapel pin as a gift in recognition of the diligent work and contribution throughout the past 10 years and each desert was topped with a chocolate in the shape of the pins.

Proceeds from the dinner benefited three nonprofit organizations that are located within the Lowry Community - Bonfils Blood Center Foundation, The Lowry Foundation, and Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. The three nonprofits collaborated with the Lowry Redevelopment Authority to sponsor the dinner.

The Lowry Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and public spaces within the Lowry community for the enjoyment of all citizens.

Bonfils Blood Center Foundation is the fundraising and educational arm of Bonfils Blood Center Since its creation in 1995, the foundation has been working to save and improve lives and thousands of patients have benefited.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum proudly preserves the heritage of the 1.1 million service men and women of the former Lowry Air Force Base. They are committed to meeting the educational needs of our community by inspiring and educating the coming generations of aviators, astronauts, scientists and leaders.

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